Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal
The Annapurna circuit trek is one of the most renowned and adventurous treks in the world, that takes you through some of the most breathtaking landscapes including the Annapurna Massif which is home to several of the world’s highest peaks, such as Annapurna Ⅰ(8091 m), Annapurna Ⅱ (7937 m), Annapurna Ⅲ (7555 m), Annapurna Ⅳ (7525 m), and Annapurna south (7219 m). The trek offers stunning views of the Himalayan landscapes and diverse cultures of the local communities, and chance to experience the beauty of the Nepalese countryside.
Annapurna Ⅰ, stands at an elevation of 8091m, is the 10th highest mountain in the world and considered the main peak of the Annapurna Massif. The historic ascent was took place in 1950 by a French expedition led by Maurice Herzog and was the first 8000 m peak ever climbed.
Generally, the traditional Annapurna circuit trek starts in the town of Besisahar. From there, you will gradually ascend through various villages, river valleys, terraced fields, and rhododendron forests. The highest point of the trek is the Thorong La Pass at 5416 m. The pass offers impressive panoramic views and a sense of achievement upon reaching the highest point of the trek. After crossing the pass, the trail descends through the Mustang region, known for its distinct Tibetan- influenced culture and unique landscapes. The ancient monasteries, red cliffs, and cave dwellings add to the region’s mystique. Eventually, the trek concludes in the town of Nayapul.
Overall, Annapurna circuit trek is one of the challenging and popular trekking routes, attracting mountaineers and trekkers from all over the globe. It offers an unforgettable adventure, combining natural beauty, cultural experiences, and a sense of achievement as you complete the challenging journey through the Himalayas.
To trek in the Annapurna region, you will need two main permits:
1) The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
2) The Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card
2) Lodging and foods
The trail to Annapurna circuit is well – served with teahouses and lodges, providing accommodation and meals for trekkers. You can generally find basic but comfortable lodging and a variety of food options ranging from local Nepali dishes to International cuisines.
3) Best time to trek
The best time to undertake the Annapurna circuit trek is during the spring (March- May) and autum (September- November) seasons.
The temperatures are mild, the weather is relatively unchanged, the clear skies provide astonishing mountain views, and the day time walking temperature are also the most pleasant.
4) Travel Insurance
Any trek in Nepal, including the Annapurna circuit Trek, needs travel insurance. The trek includes high-altitude trekking, which may be physically challenging and dangerous. Travel insurance can cover you financially in the event of an accident, a medical emergency, a flight cancellation or delay, or lost or stolen luggage. When buying travel insurance for the Annapurna circuit trek, ensure that it covers high- altitude trekking and emergency helicopter evacuation.
5) Guide and Porter
While the Annapurna circuit can be done independently, it’s helpful to hire local guides or porter. They can provide you valuable insights into the local culture, traditions, and history of the Annapurna region. They can explain the significance of monasteries, festivals, and other cultural aspects you encounter along the way.
Moreover, they are familiar with the trail conditions and alternate routes. Similarly a porter carries your heavy backpack, and allowing you to trek with a lighter load. Therefore, you can join Nepal holiday treks and tours Pvt. Ltd. for hiring a highly experienced, helpful, friendly, and English speaking, licensed trekking guide and porter with their insurance.
6) Altitude Sickness
Generally altitude sickness occurs when you travel to a high altitude too quickly. Headache, nausea, tiredness etc are the symptoms occur when your body tries to adjust to the lower air pressure and lower oxygen levels at high altitudes. When it comes to this illness, one should be pro-active and notify the guide as soon as possible.
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We have 7 hours of drive for Besi Sahar(760 m) by local bus. It’s about 185 km from Kathmandu.
Our very first day trail trek begins from Besisahar. It’s an easy walk from here just straight path no up and down. During our walk we shall be seeing the beautiful people working in the fields and their routine lifestyles.
Today we shall cross the first suspension bridge over the Marshyandi River and encounter the beautiful, tall and gorgeous waterfall. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat (1300m) before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400 meters.
Today we have rocky trail making along the Marshyandi River climbing steadily uphill to Taal, the very first village to Manang district. As soon as we cross the flat surface village we have up and down trail to Dharapani (1860m). The people in this area are influenced with the Tibetan life style.
Chame is the head quarter to Manang District. We can also enjoy the hot spring in Chame and we have the views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m).
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 1500m above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pissang where we spend the night.
Today we have two routes to Manang, one that takes us to the trail up to Upper Pisang via Ghyaru. This trail has the excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains mount Annapurna and Pissang (6091m). And the other one goes down to southern route of Marshyandi River by Hongde with its airstrip that involves lesser climbing comparatively to Northern route. The choice is yours, since we meet up at Munchi whichever route we take. We shall be noticing a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today onwards. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment.
We need to stay fit for our next day trip so, on this day also we shall be doing continuous day walks and capture the magnificent views around the village. We have the option to go for a hike to Gangapurna Lake or Braga village and visit the oldest Braka Gumba.
Today we slowly climb up to the village of Tenki and continue walking across Marshyangdi Vallley turning northwest to the valley of Jhorshang Khola. The trail passes through the pastures and few scrubs of juniper trees. On the way we might be seeing horses and yaks grazing.
Today we have an upward following trail to Throng Phedi (4525m). On the way we will be seeing one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. We shall be taking rest in either Throng Phedi or at the High Camp.
Crossing Throng la pass is our main goal for the day so we are waking up early in the morning and walk ahead with the lights on. After making through Throng La pass we shall reach in Muktinath (3760m) in a few hours of walk. It is believed that all our sorrows and pain are relieved when visiting this very temple. The place is surrounded with several other monasteries as well.
Since we are on the other side of Manang most of the land we see will be dry and looks somewhat like the desert. We will continue our trek walking by the bank of Kaligandi River. Most of the time, we will descend with closer view of stupas and really old traditional house and civilization of Mustang.
Descending from Kagbeni village we reach Marpha. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple in Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple like apple pie, and wines. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that we may be lucky enough to taste.
We pass through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River. On this trail, we will have an opportunity to view Annapurna I (8091m) and beautiful landscapes.
Today will be another fantastic day for the trek, as we will be passing through the traditional village of the ethnic Thakali people. Also we will be seeing panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. And in our surroundings will be lots and lots of apple garden.
We will keep passing on by the beautiful villages on our way. Ghasa is another beautiful valley we are taking rest at.
We will continue beating our feet towards Tatopani. On our way we will emerge into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation and see power house that supply regular electricity in this area. In the end reaching Tatopani we get to relax in hot water.
The trek today leads through the rhododendron forests with a terraced farmland surrounded with glowing mountains.
Today we have early morning sunrise to catch up at Poon hill. From here we will be able to get a close up look at most of the mountains including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After taking few photos and sight-seeing of the mountains we head back to Ghorepani and then head towards Tadapani.
We have a gradual walk of around 5 hours to Chomrong. Chomrong is a large Gurung village at the corridor of Annapurna Sanctuary. The village offers the close up view of Annapurna South (7,219m), Fishtail (6,993m).
We descend via 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo.
Deurali is across the arduous moraine intercepted by creeks with ice deposition. We have bamboo forest and few steep sections and open views of the glacial river to cross.
The trail to Annapruna Base Camp climbs gradually to the snowfield and the edge of glacier. Today we have the wonderful views of the majestic Machhapuchhre aka Fishtaill along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience.
After ABC we trek down back to Bamboo which is not so difficult for the day since we have a gradual down ward route.
After reaching Jhinu dada today we shall have the opportunity to enjoy the natural hot springs which is just a few minutes downhill walk from our tea house to soothe our aching body.
From Jhinu dada we take a walk to Pothana through few up and down trail in the small jungle and villages.
Today we have the easiest path just for few hours and take the vehicle from Phedi and end the trek at Pokhara.
We take the tourist bus to Kathmandu.
Small waterproof bags
Warm down jacket
Trekking socks and shoes
Raincoat and rain trousers
Long sleeve sun shirt
Wash bag and toiletries
Antibacterial hand wash
Sun protection and lipscreen
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Small personal power bank
Camera and batteries
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